I am not going to say I am in any way an expert in working with extremely difficult dogs and I have had no first hand experiance in that field, and that is simply because I have never had the need nor opportunity to get involved with that big a problem and there are always better qualified people to refer the dog to.
Originally Posted by Nekhbet
The theory is all about desensitization and reducing stress so that the dog will relax in your presence. The reason it is human aggressive in the first place is probably because it was hammered by one. Regaining such a dogs confidence will never be gained by employing physical corrections.
I have however on numerous occasions been able to work a highly excited/stressed dog down to a level where it was no longer snapping, growling, hackles down, all through quiet, patient talking, whilst working through stress reduction body language and offering of a variety of treats. I have not had to resort to any form of physical correction in the last 17 years.
In my business it is reasonable to expect to see a few dogs that do not want to know you. They are in a strange environment, their own people are not there, and here a stranger walks into his room and wants to put a leash on him. Had an Arab in last month like that and it took me 2 days to gain his confidence, but I got there without force.
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